German Prisoners in Goleta, CA

During World War II, 425,000 German soldiers taken prisoner by American forces in Africa and Europe were sent to the United States.  Most of the prisoner-of-war camps were located in the East and South.  But some were built in the West as well, including a small one in Goleta, California.

German Prisoners In Goleta,

James Dean’s Last Ride

When James Dean crashed his Porsche Spyder into another car at the intersection of Highways 41 and 46 in northeaster San Luis Obispo County on September 30, 1955, a promising you life was cut short, and a legend was born.

James Dean’s Last Ride, 4-7-18

March 15, 1939

On this day 79 years ago, March 15, 1939, the Germans occupied…

On this day 79 years ago, March 15, 1939, the Germans occupied what remained of Czechoslovakia after its dismemberment by the Munich Conference on September 30, 1938.  Czech President Benes, fearing his people would be slaughtered since they had been abandoned by their allies England and France, ordered his armed forces not to resist.  The Czechs now began a long and heroic resistance to Nazi rule, culminating on May 27, 1942, when Czech resistance fighters attempted to assassinate SS Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich by throwing a bomb at his car as he rode through Prague.  When Heydrich died on June 4, thousands of Czechs were murdered in retaliation, and the tiny village of Lidice was razed to the ground.  All males 15 years old and above were shot.  The women and children were sent to concentration camps.  The children with “Aryan” features were sent to German foster homes, to be raised as Germans.  Only 9 were ever found after the war.

I am posting this in the hope that if such tragedies as this are remembered, they will not be repeated.